Every single day, you should be trying to learn, grow, and become a better person. Our journey of personal growth isn’t one that is always easy, but it is one that is definitely necessary if we want to become the best possible version of ourselves. Personal growth means different things to different people. Some of us want to become a more productive employee, while others might want to become a better spouse, and still others might want to reach other goals, such as a fitness goal or even an education goal. The big thing to remember about personal growth is that nothing happens all at once. There is a myth that the best coaches, athletes, politicians, or executives were simply born being great at what they do. That’s simply not true. In order to grow and reach your goals, you have to get better each and every day and take small steps towards your big goals.
What are Your Goals?
If you want to grow, the first thing you need to do is admit where you want to go. What are your goals? Sometimes this isn’t easy, and you might need to talk to friends and family to figure out exactly where you struggle and what you should improve. Perhaps you want to learn to speak up more during business meetings, or maybe you want to have more self-control for your diet. Whatever your goals might be, you can’t work your way towards them if you don’t know what they are.
Create a Plan for Success
Once you have figured out exactly what you want to improve on, you can create a plan for success. You want to make sure that you get out of your comfort zone. If you are constantly in your comfort zone and you don’t feel uncomfortable or you don’t feel pressure, you aren’t growing. You are maintaining your status quo and you won’t be getting significant results. You want to put yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable. Let’s say you don’t like raising your hand and speaking in that big business meeting. You have to put yourself in a position to do that, and know no matter what happens, you came out on the other side. Once you’ve put yourself out there, you can figure out what you did right, what you did wrong, and what you need to improve on.
Commit To Improving Everyday
Personal growth means committing to improvement every day. You aren’t going to reach the best version of yourself immediately, but you do need to commit to improvement and try hard to take a step forward whenever you get the opportunity. You want to try and take advantage of the opportunities you do get, because you might not always have them in front of you. When you commit to improving each day, you will find that you end up reaching your goals a bit faster than you thought you would when you started.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.